June 19th, 2018

Opinions

National Affairs: Carbon pricing, the national divider

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 14th, 2018

It’s now clear the Canadian debate over climate change and carbon pricing is serving no one’s interests. It was always idealistic, if not naive, to believe that the provinces and territories would fall in line to work with the federal government’s pan-Canadian approach to carbon pricing. It may have been equally idealistic for Prime Minister ... Read More »

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Keeping national parks pristine

By Collin Gallant on May 12th, 2018

Overseeing Canada’s national parks presents something of a Catch-22 situation for Parks Canada. On the one hand, the agency wants to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy our country’s natural areas and the pristine beauty they offer. But on the other hand, the greater the human intrusion into these areas, the greater the ... Read More »

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Term limit idea may be better as a referendum

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 11th, 2018

This week a small majority of councillors voted against limiting terms on council and the ensuing debate has revealed some surprising positions. Councillors have a vested interest in the status quo so the question of term limits may have been more appropriate put to the public in a referendum. Some of the reasons for voting ... Read More »

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Guest Column: The economy is doing well, so why can’t Canadian grocers hike prices?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 11th, 2018

Retail food prices aren’t moving much. They’re barely higher than last year, up a modest 0.5 per cent. And according to Statistics Canada, prices dropped by 0.7 per cent over the winter months. U.S. grocers are dealing with the same issue. Since Canada’s economy has some momentum, you would expect food retail prices to inch ... Read More »

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Private care is an essential part of an effective health system

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 7th, 2018

Last month, on the heels of a new threat from the British Columbia government to fine doctors who accept private payment for treatment already covered by the government-run health-care system, a trial — initiated more than seven years ago by a private Vancouver clinic led by Dr. Brian Day — resumed. Day, a former head ... Read More »

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The case for repealing Suzuki’s honorary degree

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 5th, 2018

As a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, I have written the school’s senate and its president urging them to reverse the decision to award David Suzuki an honorary degree. I pointed out that the decision is contrary to the strategic plans of both the senate and the university. Here’s why: The ... Read More »

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More difficult all the time to make ends meet in Alberta

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 4th, 2018

The sudden price increase at gas pumps is not the only adjustment Albertans are facing in ever-increasing costs. To put the recent increase at gas pumps into perspective it is worth noting how the price has changed in the last couple of years. Today 40 litres would cost about $53. A year ago we were ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Vote shines light on church hypocrisy

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 4th, 2018

In this collision between church and state, the state scored an overwhelming victory. In fact, Tuesday was a good day for our members of Parliament. When MPs voted (nearly) unanimously to call on Pope Francis to issue a formal papal apology for the abuses at Catholic-run residential schools, they were shining a bright light on ... Read More »

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The search for truth continues

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 3rd, 2018

Hatters may have strong views about a civil lawsuit that has been launched against the Medicine Hat Police Service, a local Crown prosecutor, and the Alberta justice system by a woman whose murder conviction was quashed two years ago. It could, however, be the only route the public will ever have to know anything about ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Law of the land must prevail

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on April 28th, 2018

There is no hidden corner in anyone’s brain that can make sense. A man jumps the curb with a van, jams his foot onto the gas pedal. The van, like an iron beast, rams, tosses, tramples, and tears at the sidewalk crowd. For almost a mile. Only seconds before, people had been immersed in their ... Read More »

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